“Peaks, shallows and deeps”
Lakeside reflections on Christian Discipleship today
 A guided holiday retreat hosted by the Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy
7-12 October, 2018


Church of the Ascension

This lakeside church serves a large community of summer visitors and a small community of full-time residents and holiday home-owners. Although part of the Church of England, those who attend are from all over the world and the priest, the Rev. Roger Williams, is from Australia.

Why are we hosting a retreat?

Lake Como is a beautiful setting and we wanted to share with visitors some of its hidden gems, which have inspired pilgrimage and reflection for centuries. Our recent 125th anniversary prompted us to look to the future and the need to both raise money to conserve the building and to build our own community. We hope this retreat will provide visitors and church members alike a chance to slow down and reflect about our lives in these very special surroundings.

Retreat theme – what can you expect?

How can we refresh our discipleship and be willing to move forward on our journey of faith? How can we cope with changes in ourselves, our circumstances, the church and the world? In what ways can we let God breathe new life into us when our spirituality feels tired or stuck, especially as we get older? These are some of the questions we hope to address in this holiday retreat through daily worship, bible study on events in Jesus’ own lakeside ministry, spiritual exercises and resources, discussion groups, times of meditation and reflection, visits to sacred places, as well as through relaxation and companionship, enjoying the inspiring panoramas of Lake Como itself.

Retreat conductor, the Rev. Lyn Philips

Lyn is a retired Church of England priest originally from Cardiff, where he was ordained in 1971 after training at Cuddesdon College, Oxford. He served in parishes in the Welsh Valleys, Cardiff and Wolverhampton as well as in Hampstead and Twickenham in London. Fifteen years of his ministry was spent as a full-time hospital chaplain and hospice chaplain. And some of his happiest years were spent as chaplain in Milan in the early 1990s, when he learnt to love all things Italian! Although retired, he helps out in the parish church of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, where he now lives, and is a trained spiritual director offering individual accompaniment as well as quiet days and retreats.

See more information here: Retreat information


How to book

  1. e-mail Jeannie Willan (jeanniewillan@btinternet.com) stating how many places you are booking, whether you want shared accommodation or single occupancy at Villa Collina, or whether you are registering as a day visitor. If the latter please state where you will be staying. She will provide further instructions about how to transfer the payment of deposits..
  2. if you wish to make this part of a longer holiday on Lake Como and would like suggestions, we will do our best to assist.
  3. Please give your name, postal address, phone number, any special dietary requirements and/or mobility limitations.
  4. A booking confirmation will be sent. Full payment of the balance is due by July 31, 2017.